An effective replacement for the old S400 and S500 hybrids, the new S560e, aside from its updated styling, once again comes powered by a 270 kW 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine, combined with a 90 kW electric in allowing for an all-electric range of 50 km.
As well as doing away with the old 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox for a hybrid focused version of the new 9G-Tronic unit, the S560e also comes equipped with a new 13.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that has remained unchanged in size, meaning an increase in boot space from 395-litres to 410-litres.
According to the Mercedes-Benz, the drivetrain setup, along with a new Eco Assist mode that takes traffic conditions into account and will calculate the fastest route, speed limits and distance using satellite navigation, results in a combined fuel consumption figure of 2.1 L/100 km and emissions of 49 g/km.
In addition, the S560e also comes with pre-entry climate control that activates the ideal temperature as the door is opened, based on the selection made by the driver via the Mercedes me app.
Heading to South Africa next year, the very first pick-up from the Stuttgart automaker, which uses the same underpinnings as the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan, will be offered in three trim levels; Pure, Progressive and Power, and an all turbodiesel engine line-up with only a handful of markets receiving a specially optimised 2.4-litre petrol in the X200.
Using the same coil-spring suspension setup as the Navara with two ground clearance options; 202 mm and 222 m, the latter being the only option for South Africa, the X-class will initially be powered by the same 2.3-litre engine as the Japanese, which in the X220d makes 120 kW and 403 Nm of torque and 140 kW and 450 Nm in the twin-turbocharged X250d.
For the X220d, only a six-speed manual gearbox will be offered though with a choice of rear-or-four-wheel drive, while the X250d features a similar drive setup but with the option of a seven-speed automatic. Due later, the flagship X350d will comes fitted with Mercedes-Benz's venerable 3.0-litre CDI V6 oil-burner, which produces 190 kW and 550 Nm of torque, and is linked to a seven-speed automatic 'box with permanent 4Matic all-wheel drive.
Local pricing is yet to be finalised although the X-class in Germany will kick-off from €37 294 (R582 012).